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The SDG Academy (formerly known as SDSNedu) is an initiative of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network to create and curate free, graduate-level online courses on sustainable development. We bring together the world’s foremost experts to offer a comprehensive core curriculum on issues integral to the sustainability of our planet – including health, education, climate change, agriculture and food systems, sustainable investment and other related fields.

As a massive open online education platform, the SDG Academy’s courses are fully interactive, so you can meet, debate and learn from both our global faculty of sustainable development experts and your fellow students.

Learn more about the SDG Academy in the video below, and check back here for information on available and upcoming courses.

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Spring 2018 courses are open for enrollment

Launching April 30: Transforming Development: The Science and Practice of Resilience Thinking

And currently live…

Natural Resources for Sustainable Development (English)

الموارد الطبيعيّة للتنمية المستدامة

Environmental Security and Sustaining Peace

Sustainable Cities

Feeding a Hungry Planet

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University Partnership Program

The SDG Academy is pleased to announce its new University Partnership Program, providing universities and academic institutions with privileged access to the SDG Academy course materials to tailor and use in their own education programs. More information can be found here on our FAQ page.

Applications are currently closed as of March 2018. Check back here and on the University Partnership Program page for updates on applications later in 2018, and email us at with any questions.

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Our Team

The SDSN Association, an independent non-profit organization that was set up to support the work of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), hosts the SDG Academy and is made up of a dedicated team of professionals who are committed to the idea that sharing knowledge can change the world.

Chandrika Bahadur



Chandrika Bahadur is the Director of the SDG Academy. From 2008-2011, she was advisor to the chairman and managing director at Reliance Industries. There, she helped set up Reliance Foundation, a nonprofit philanthropic foundation focusing on areas of education, health, rural development, and urban renewal.From 2001-2008, Chandrika worked with the United Nations in different roles. In her last assignment, she was a Policy Advisor at UNDP’s Bureau for Development Policy in New York, working in Africa to help Ministries of Finance and Planning align their strategies to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) across 20 countries. From 2003-2006, she was part of the leadership team of the UN Millennium Project, an advisory group convened by then UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan to recommend strategies for the MDGs. From 2001-2002, she worked on trade and HIV and AIDS programs at the United Nations. She has prior teaching experience at Harvard University and Columbia University.

Chandrika holds a Master’s degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and a BA (Honours) in Economics from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University.

Shannon Kobran

Education Manager

Shannon Kobran

Shannon is an Education Manager at the SDG Academy. She comes to the SDSN most recently from a New York-based nonprofit that promotes cultural exchange between international university students and local communities. Prior to that, Shannon worked with UNDP’s Talent Development Unit to evaluate and revise an online leadership development program aimed at UNDP managers worldwide. She also spent more than five years as an editor and project manager for an educational publishing house. Shannon holds a Master’s degree in International Educational Development from Teachers College, Columbia University, where her research focused on the intersection of technology and intercultural education. She credits her interest in international education to her own intercultural experiences and the formative year she spent in the U.K. while an undergraduate at Dickinson College, where she majored in English literature.

Jay Neuner

Communications Manager

Jay Neuner

Jay Neuner is the Communications Manager for the SDG Academy. Their previous experience centered on marketing and communications for the tech industry in Silicon Valley, specializing in ICT and enterprise technology. They have represented multiple companies leading the Fortune 500, including Microsoft, Intel, and Mercedes-Benz. Prior to this work, Jay attended George Washington University in Washington, D.C., graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Communication and a specialization in Journalism & Mass Communication.

Jessica Scott

Education Manager

Jessica ScottJessica Scott is an Education Manager at the SDG Academy. Prior to joining SDSN, she completed a Master’s of Environmental Management at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. While there, she developed expertise in complex systems thinking, focusing on the intersections of climate change and conflict, early childhood development and resilience, and sustainable development and peace. Prior to Yale, Jessica co-directed the Institute on US Foreign Policy and directed the C2C Fellows sustainability leadership network, both at Bard College. In addition to her Master’s degree, Jessica holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Behavior from Bucknell University.

Amber Webb

Head of Programs and Partnerships

Amber Webb

Amber Webb is the Head of Program and Partnerships for the SDG Academy. Prior to joining SDSN, she was a consultant for Save the Children International and the U.S. Institute of Peace, where she provided research support and guided policy/program development. Amber has also worked extensively in humanitarian contexts with expertise in facilitating education during periods of crisis. Particularly, she has provided support in post-earthquake Nepal and directed a NGO in northern Iraq. Amber holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas, a Master’s degree from Columbia University, and is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Maryland studying international education policy. Her research centers on displaced children and barriers to youth empowerment and peacebuilding.